What an awesome week it was and I promise that’s not sarcasm. I was definitely excited for this portion of the class but also quite nervous because I hate doing voice overs or recording…it’s such an uncomfortable feeling. In terms of this week overall; I think I completed the assignments accordingly and hopefully a little bit above and beyond. This week, I wanted to be extra and I think I accomplished that, but I’m not too sure. I did have to switch out a few assignments and reschedule a couple times this week which was frustrating, but I got it all done before Saturday which was the goal.
For troubling assignments, I think the most difficult assignment was the mixtape assignment. It’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy creating it and such, but editing it was becoming a little frustrating at times because I was trying to crossfade songs that I’m 99% sure didn’t have a similar beat measure. Along with that, I really wanted to make it sound like something my fiancé would put together so I had to create plugs and look for audio that I felt would fit. However, regardless of the trouble, I am still SO happy with how it came out. Another assignment I had slight difficulties with was the text impersonations assignment. I kind of blame myself for this one…I chose a text that involves a male voice and I’m not exactly manly in the vocal department. I tried to go deep but it came off as awful and awkward and I re-did the scene over and over until finally, I just used my normal voice but about one octave lower and that was what ended up making the cut.
For this week’s favorite assignments, I would probably have to go with the song meaning assignment and the create a tour daily create! With the song meaning assignment, I felt like I was able to get personal without necessary details but rather through music which was incredible. While I don’t mind talking about what happened to me, I feel as though using a song or lyrics as reference that could take new meaning and help a person relate is amazing and provides a sense of empathy, much like what was discussed in Jad Abumrad’s interview. With the create a tour assignment, I got to make an obnoxious, sassy, and spoiler filled tour pamphlet of one of my favorite videos games…how can I complain?
Moving on, this week I learned so much. I’m not familiar with audio or storytelling; I was utterly clueless about folly sound and how to create an audio story. So, because I was lacking in that department, I really took the information provided to heart and did a lot of tutorial searching for Audacity especially when it came to creating the mixtape. I hope I did okay for just learning this program because the frustration from it was real. My main focus was once again on Jad Abumrad’s statement that audio storytelling creates empathy and I think that’s what I wanted to mostly portray.
There were a few things I wish I could have done differently. I mostly wished I would have discovered Virtual DJ for the stupid mixtape assignment because IT’S SO HELPFUL WITH MATCHING BEATS PER MINUTE. There was also a helpful comment about the placement of one of my plugs in the mixtape that I wish I could’ve placed in a different spot. I also feel as though I should have had my fiancé help on the text impersonations assignment to provide a manly voice…it definitely would’ve came out a bit more believable. And finally, I honestly wished I was better at “chase that phrase.” I’m so embarrassed by that attempt, it’s ridiculous.
I think I suffered a few cultural implications this week. As I stated before, there was a plug in my mixtape that a classmate had mentioned felt out of place. I had to explain why it was there and where it was from which I don’t think should happen and I think that was my fault for the placement and not specifying it on the post. At the point though, I think it’s safe to say that my fellow classmates pretty much expect Japanese or gaming references, so I’m not as worried as I was two weeks prior. I don’t think I had too many social implications, if any. I tried to lay off the sarcasm as much as possible, but sometimes it’s just too darn tempting.
It’s so cool to see what other folks in the class are doing. It was difficult to comment on 5 people’s posts in the middle of the week, but today I was able to get the rest I needed. Honestly though, you all are so freakin’ talented and creative…I’m jealous! I hope I didn’t come off as mean or harsh, but please let me know if I did!! You’re doing a great job and we’ve only got 2 more weeks to go! Keep it up!
– THIS WEEK’S POSTS –
Week three was definitely interesting and filled with knowledge and the birth of DJ TaylorRae. But, it was so much fun and I have learned so much that I can’t wait to use it in the future. What did you all think of week three? Also…were my tutorials even that helpful? I’m a wee bit worried about those…